Psychotherapy, for me, is the creative practice of guiding others to remember who they are before past trauma convinces them otherwise. The study of psychology, and wellness in general, has been a very personal journey. I spent years quietly observing myself and others, eager to understand the source and manifestations of joys, pains, perceived limits, and motivations. By the age of 15, I was a black belt in tae kwon do and intent on pursuing psychotherapy as a career. I earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s from Pepperdine in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
For the first several years of my career, I was a child psychotherapist working with severely emotionally disturbed and traumatized children. Along the way, I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist working primarily with children and families. While working with victims of domestic violence, I was driven to explore holistic therapies acknowledging the mind-body connection.
I make it a priority to always be learning and growing by attending relevant workshops and seminars each year. I have hosted many of my own, as well, when I ran community non-profits in Los Angeles and co-owned a holistic wellness center in South Florida offering alternative healing modalities including sensory deprivation, yoga, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, tai chi, qigong, an organic tea bar, and an herbal pharmacy.
I have seen the impact of my clients’ mental, physical and spiritual habits and practices across various aspects of life. By taking into consideration a person’s diet, fitness routines, daily habits, support system, and any spiritual practice, I can better understand how they live their lives.
Over my many years of practicing psychotherapy, I have honed skills in relational, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapies. I now work primarily with adults, specializing in relationships, divorce, communication issues, self-esteem, grief and loss, stress management, depression, and trauma. Together we locate the source of the issue and move through to a satisfactory end–without blame, shame, or regret. My goal with each client is to create a non-judgmental and caring environment so it is safe to share the full story of their life and what influences them. By doing this, we work together to optimize learning and growth.
It’s important to feel connected and comfortable with your therapist. I am a member of the National Association of Divorce Professionals and am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in both Florida (MT3190) and California (LMFT39260).
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